Herbalist and Avena Botanicals founder Deb Soule will give a slide-talk on Planting Medicinal Herbs and Flowers for Pollinators on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockland Public Library.

Using a slide presentation, Soule will discuss planting and tending a variety of medicinal herbs and flowers for attracting pollinators, with a focus on ruby-throated hummingbirds, native bees, honeybees and monarch butterflies.

Soule is an herbalist, organic gardener, teacher and author, recognized by the magazine People, Places and Plants as one of the top 50 most influential gardeners in the Northeast. Raised in a small town in western Maine, she began gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16. In 1985 she moved to the Midcoast and founded Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary, known for its handcrafted herbal remedies. The majority of the herbs used in Avena Botanicals’ products are hand-harvested from Avena’s three acres of organic gardens, which contain over 150 different medicinal herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees. Avena‚Äôs garden is open to the public May through September, Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information on the program call the library at 594-0310.